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A fiercely determined girl will do anything to help her best pig friend finally see the sky in this unique friendship story.

Pia just found out the terrible news that pigs can’t look straight up, which means her best friend and right-hand-pig Patches has never seen the sky. If you ask her, that is absolutely CUCKOO BANANAS. Now Pia is on a mission to share the beauty of the big wide sky with Patches . . . and she will do whatever it takes!
From debut author-illustrator Nic Yulo comes this story of determination, empathy, and learning to look at the world (and the sky!) in a whole new way.


“This endearing, lighthearted tale rests on an easy science concept... makes a fine springboard for imaginative thinking and art activities focused on helping pigs look upward. The colorful, lively, expressive illustrations, set mostly in square or rectangular panels, are appealing; readers will also appreciate the text, often set in colored type and including onomatopoeic sound words used to very dynamic effect.” — Kirkus

"This is a sweet, funny tale of a girl who wants to share her love of the sky with her best pal. Highly recommended for story times, classrooms, and one-on-one reading.” — School Library Journal

"Limited primary color palette combines with a goofy “did-you-know” premise to make a cheery, engaging storytime selection. The bold lines, matte colors, hand-lettered text, and plentiful onomatopoeia give a frenetic, made-by-kids feel that is sure to be crowd-pleasing, while comic-style panels move the story forward, stretching young readers’ visual literacy skills . . . amusingly demonstrates that new experiences are always better when shared." — BCCB

An early concept design for Patch of Sky was named Top Talent in Illustration at the 2019 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, from a pool of over two thousand worldwide entries. The book was later sold in a four-house auction to Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Nic Yulo is an author and illustrator whose work spans from picture books to AAA video games. A graduate of Columbia University and Bryn Mawr College, and a 2021 BAFTA Newcomer, her work has received an Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award, an Adobe Design Achievement Award, and been named Adobe Top Talent for Illustration. She lives in New York City, where she enjoys telling stories about nefarious chickens, unlikely heroes, quirky underdogs, epic adventures, found families, and hope.

Patch of Sky is her debut picture book.

Nic is repped by Alexandra Levick at Writers House
For book publicity inquiries, contact Karter Powell